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    04-16-2010, 10:39 AM
  #41
Weanling
Very nice educational thread! People need to know all of the expences before they get in too deep...

I am greatful to have the help of my parents and to not have to pay board (currently). I have a friend from work who is an excelent farrier and cuts me a deal at $20 a horse instead of the average $40 in my area.(only trims no shoes) I also have a vet tech friend who gets and administers all of my yearly shots for free. I am knowledgable enough to treat most injuries myself...be it cuts, scrapes, Colic (Not to mention I have banamine and bute available for most occasions) etc. But im also smart enough to know when to get the vet out, and I don't mind paying the money! I just find its nice to be able to save a buck anyway possible lol as do most horse owners.

The only area I differ in is their teeth... I don't think they HAVE to be done yearly or twice yearly.My gelding needs his done 1-2 times a year...and I pay for it no problem...but my mare hasnt had hers done in forever and she is fine, But I am planning on becoming an equine detist and I have already started to study up so I can have a jump on my class mates...doesnt help the guy who does my geldings teeth teaches at the school I want to go to and he teaches me as he does my horses teeth...So I do have a general idea as to if they are fine or not (most owners don't) So im confident enough to say my mare doesnt need them done...does this mean that if she suddenly did I wouldnt pay? Heck no I would pay...and that is very likely...a horses condition changes constantly over its lifetime for many reasons. This also doesnt mean that you shouldnt have the vet out to check. Most owners don't have the knowledge to know about their horses mouth. That's why its best to have the vet look at it for you. New owners need to be ready to pay for this expense.

Horse owners need to be prepaired to change their equine budget if needs arise....that is why so many get into trouble when all of a sudden they have no money.

Think before you buy people!!!
     
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    04-16-2010, 02:06 PM
  #42
Banned
Luv, great great great thread!!!!

I personally think the newbies who are clueless that are like the people in this thread that have given examples/stories from years past are the type of people that, had this type of forum been around, would have listened to the advice given.

In other words, being clueless is not near so bad when you are willing to learn from your mistakes to make things better.

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Originally Posted by wild_spot    

Surely people are smart enough to realise that 20 odd people saying the same thing has to mean the idea has some merit? Or is that too much to ask?
Silly you, wild_spot, that just means we are all ganging up on them. Not that we are giving good advice. We are all just jealous and mean doody heads we are not willing to think for ourselves.
     
    04-16-2010, 02:51 PM
  #43
Green Broke
I agree 10000%!!! I know Im not the best owner, what with my horses being abit thin lately... but I do get the vet out, he's been here twice this week, I've had the dentis out, and the farrier. My parents are now broke and I can't buy that dress I wanted. I don't care, because my horses are gaining weight :)

I also can't stand those that say things like "I don't have money". Most of us don't have money, but we make a plan!

Can I have a flamethrower, or is that just for the knowledgable ones, which Im not!? Haha

Just thiught I'd add my 2 cents, sorry if its bad or whatever :)
     
    04-16-2010, 02:52 PM
  #44
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Originally Posted by LoveStory10    
My parents are now broke and I can't buy that dress I wanted. I don't care, because my horses are gaining weight :)
Two thumbs up for you! Fat horses are far better than a dress any day.
     
    04-16-2010, 02:58 PM
  #45
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
Two thumbs up for you! Fat horses are far better than a dress any day.
It's a lot harder to ride a horse in a dress anyway.

Maybe I was misunderstood earlier...I think that there is always a point that you say that you've reasonably done all that is feasable, and you now owe it to your animal to put them down, but it's not fair to them to not even try. We all have our limits--not denying that at all, but when we take ownership of an animal, we are taking on a responsibility to take care of them.
     
    04-16-2010, 03:05 PM
  #46
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Fowl Play    
It's a lot harder to ride a horse in a dress anyway.

Maybe I was misunderstood earlier...I think that there is always a point that you say that you've reasonably done all that is feasable, and you now owe it to your animal to put them down, but it's not fair to them to not even try. We all have our limits--not denying that at all, but when we take ownership of an animal, we are taking on a responsibility to take care of them.
I in no way meant that not being able to afford the very best in medical technology makes anyone a bad owner. It those who are not doing what is in the best interest of their horse (i.e. Buying that dress INSTEAD of getting the dentist out, because the dress is more important!). Like LoveStory said, it's a matter of planning and being prepared, knowing what you are and aren't capable of doing, and most importantly, understanding the responsibility of being in charge of their care and well-being.
     
    04-16-2010, 03:11 PM
  #47
Weanling
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Originally Posted by luvmyperch    
I in no way meant that not being able to afford the very best in medical technology makes anyone a bad owner. It those who are not doing what is in the best interest of their horse (i.e. Buying that dress INSTEAD of getting the dentist out, because the dress is more important!). Like LoveStory said, it's a matter of planning and being prepared, knowing what you are and aren't capable of doing, and most importantly, understanding the responsibility of being in charge of their care and well-being.
You and I are thinking along the same lines. I said something earlier about taking an animal on for the long haul, and someone else commented about not paying for an expensive surgery. I 100% agree with you, which is why we don't own our own horses right now. My daughter and I would LOVE a horse, but we cannot afford one (or two) just yet so we take lessons. Don't for a minute think that the "free horse" ads haven't tempted me, but I fortunately have a riding instructor who isn't afraid to tell me the REAL cost of owning a horse.
     
    04-16-2010, 03:35 PM
  #48
Started
LUV, well I am glad I did not write your intro post but it needed saying. I can't really fault what you have written - it is all true.

But Oh My - don't apply for a job in the Diplomatic Corps - those folks get paid for not voicing the truth too loudly.

I sometimes get the feeling that my mare DiDi is a bit like a trophy wife and she almosts costs as much. Not that I would know anything about the cost of a trophy wife but I know it is a lot of money.
     
    04-16-2010, 03:45 PM
  #49
Yearling
Barry, I've never been very good at keeping my opinions to myself, especially when it comes to something I'm passionate about! My Dad always told me I should've been a lawyer... I'm not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing!
     
    04-16-2010, 04:38 PM
  #50
Yearling
My thoughts are you don't get to decide who owns a horse or not. If they are here, they have it and they did not ask your permission. What is so hard about putting personal feelings aside and just helping, nicely, when someone asks a question?

Also, a trainer is not as critical and issue as compared to medical needs. Can anyone show me where someone said they would not get a vet even though their horse was is an extreme life or death emergency???

I am willing to bet that a fair number on here are self taught horse riders, done so with books, magazines, watching videos and all that.

Some people plan ahead and some don't. It really is just different types of people owning horses. I have not seen anyone on this board writing about how they abuse their horses and I do not think that not getting a trainer or writing out a budget means someone should not have a horse. They will get the education about owning a horse- it just depends on if they get it before they have the horse or after.

And really..... what other people do is none of our business. Some need to learn that when advice is given, the receiver may not always put it into action... they may just consider it, compare it to their situation, and choose to do something different.
     

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